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Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Clear copper. Light head. Smell is brilliant! Sweet. Fruity. Hint of balsamic. Agèd and nuanced. Taste is equally compelling. Light. Funky. Vaguely sweet. Very clean finish. Funky enough to be interesting. Very nice. Recommended. Will have again.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label reads Best Before 07 03 2032.

A: Cloudy golden yellow-orange with clean white head. 1/2 finger fades to a thin coating by 2 minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: Citric acid and lemon tartness. Granny smith apple. Musty brett. Lesser cheese rind. Hay. Alfalfa.

T: Assertive citric sour immediately. Replaced by a musty funk by midway that closes with a very dry finish. A mouth-coating tartness lingers in the aftertaste. No notable alcohol. Lemon. Slight cracker. Minimal bitterness or hop presence. Earth. Touch of sour cherry/apple.

M: High carbonation with a light body. Crisp and effervescent.

O: Solid, fruit-forward gueuze. Rather sour with some good funk notes to offset. No acetic acid to speak of.


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Photo of thecheapies
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best before 30-03-2031.

A straw-colored beer with a honeyed hue. A few bubbles aside, this beer has very little carbonation.

Lemon, wheat malts, horse blanket, green apple, honey, musty basement, warm semi-sweetness. Has good fruitiness, and vinous notes.

Cheesy and musty funk with a light sourness. Very mellow. Wheat and barley malts seem nectary and smooth. Lemon and tart apricot and wet hay. Subtle gueuze flavors without much acidic distraction. Heavier feel for a gueuze with extremely low carbonation and a medium-full body almost absent of stick. The finish is long and tempered. Great beer.

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Photo of ludachris
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiny bubbles rocket to the top in streams upon streams, helping to keep the three fingers of billowing white head afloat. Soapy patches of lace are strewn across the glass. Once the entire bottle is poured into the glass, the body goes from being a crystal clear pale golden hue to a slightly deeper shade of gold with plenty of sediment floating aimlessly throughout.

A little musty and chalky at first. Tart grape skins and bruised apple rest on top of its inherently bready core. Apple juice and lime juice come to mind as well. Its tart zing is noticeable immediately but it's counterbalanced nicely by its fruity and bready sweetness. I even get a vague impression of concord grapes and I think that can be attributed to the sweetness blending in with everything else.

I was expecting a big burst of drying tartness and what comes instead is its sweet bready and red apple characters stretching across the palate as the tart grape and apple vinegar move from underneath and into the sides of the mouth. The latter is more prevalent in the finish with some dry biscuit as well. The breadiness is never at the forefront but it makes up the baseline sweetness that's present from beginning to end.

The level of carbonation imparts an enjoyable spritzy, zingy feel to the body that borders between light and medium. This compliments the tart character of the beer. It has a roundness to it that makes things blend rather than pop out and I'm guessing that can be explained by its chestnut barrel aging.

I found this to be a good Geuze through and through. The interpretations of this style that I enjoy most are those that have that big kick of dryness or that mouth puckering tartness or strange funkiness you can't put your finger on, or all of the above. In comparison to what I really like, I found this to be tamed and clean. There's nothing wrong with that, it just depends what you're looking for.

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First Geuze/lambic I've ever had

A-Hazy orange color with a thick white head, continuous bubbles from the bottom, quite a bit of lacing
S-Sour, yeast, funk, kinda wine-y
T-Wonderful amount of tart lemon zestiness, some spice
O-Not something I would drink regularly, but it certainly has its time and place. When paired with some grey/snowy weather and a Tim Hecker album, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB April 13, 2032

Beer is clear golden in colour, with a large white head. Good retention.

Nice nose. Light funk, green grape, yeast, lemon. Other fruits.

Taste is good, but disappointing after the nose. Lemon, grape, more fruit, couple with a mildly funky yeast flavour. Mildly sour. Pretty tame as gueuzes go.

Medium to light bodied, strongly carbonated. Carbonation is a bit high. Dries the mouth.

Overall, a good beer, but not one of the stronger gueuzes.

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Photo of Etan
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy wood-tinged orange with a nice white head.

S: Nose brings pungent lemon, lactic, earthy cheese, oak, honey, mineral, lightly sweet wheat.

T: Taste is mellower, with some hard water minerality, moderate acidty reminiscent of citrus, a bit of clove and vanilla, drying oak.

M: Light-bodied with some heft from the almost-frothy carbonation and wheat.

O: A very nice geuze. The nose is intense and pleasant, which the taste can't quite match, though.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden beer with a light haze and a long lasting rocky head of white bubbles.

S: A quick burst of light colored fruit aromas like grapefruit and peaches, then a barnyard sour note and an almost skunky dominate.

T: A moderate tartness upfront with a flavors of grapefruit and zest. There is a light, honey-like sweetness briefly in the the middle that move to a dry finish. A low oak character. No hops to speak of here. A tart and quick aftertaste.

O: An very good tart beer with a funk derived fruitiness. The sour character is the most prominent flavor but it is does overpower the rest of the beer. A great beer to pair with meals just avoid sweet sauces unless you enjoy that toothpaste, orange thing in the morning.

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Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy yellow with a three finger white head that stuck around for a bit. Quite nice to look at. Scent is sour, with heavy lemon juice and barnyard funk with a very slight bit of bubblegum. Good, what a geuze usually has, but with a slight hint of some saison traits. Taste follows, sour, lactic and lemon mostly with some slight grassy flavors and some sour green apple in the background. Good and sour, like a geuze should be. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall this is the best of the three geuzes I've tried. It's more sour and dryer than Lindeman's Cuvee Rene and it has more character than St. Louis' Geuze Fond Tradition.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.14/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass

Best before 08-11-2030

Thanks Seth

A) Light, watery lemonade color. Layer of cloudiness. Decent ring of retention. Looks kind of wimpy. Swirling helps. Soapy lace falls down.

S) Tame, almost weak aroma. Low-slung damp, musty funk. Not tangy. Smells papery without seeming oxidized. Faint undertones of fruit. Hints of cheese - sort of.

T) The taste is as unremarkable. Very dry mustiness. This is balsa wood flimsy. Cheesy tones creep in around the edges. Not sour or tart. The feel ruins it.

M) I can't get a bearing on the feel aside from criminally high carbonation. The fuzziness runs the show and over shoots all flavors. Finishes metallic and unpleasant.

D) I can't say I'm impressed with this one. Too much carbonation. Too little aroma and flavor.

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Photo of GJ40
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I sampled this and Oud Beersel’s Oude Kriek Vieille and Framboise together. They were purchased at Bottle Revolution and Tasty Beverage in Raleigh.

A – Golden with great clarity and a big, fluffy white head and loads of rising bubbles. Great lacing too. Very lively and inviting.

S – A nice mix of fruits and funk.

T – A fantastic combination of tartness and funk. Very rich and complex.

M – A moderately high carbonation without being distracting. A smooth consistency.

O – Enjoyable from start to finish. This was my favorite of the three.

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Photo of Jonada
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml best before 25th of March 2030. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of a white head that left moderate lacing. Body is slightly hazy with a fair amount of fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Big acidic lemon aroma, horse blanket, some musty basement, minerals. Funky aromas intensify as the beer warms

Taste: A bit of a drop off from the aroma. Same flavors as the nose, but a bit more muted. Funky green apple, heavy mineral quality, rotten fruit (in a good way), grassy. There's a noticeable bitterness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Mouthfeel is maybe a tad watery. Carbonation borders on high and works well for the style. Finishes dry.

Overall: This is a good gueuze, but there several better, similarly (or cheaper) priced, and just as available options out there. Worth a try, but not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml corked bottle into a goblet. best before 13/04/2032

pale hazy orangish/yellow color with a half inch bubbly white head. Traditional tart white grape smell on the nose, not too strong though. Taste is extremely in your face up front with the tartness. Lip puckerer for sure at first, but you get used to it quickly and it mellows out. Nice fruity sweetness on the back end. Tart orange and cherry. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Not the most drinkable of geuzes because of the lack of complexity.

Overall an enjoyable geuze but not as complex as some others. Not overly impressive but definitely true to style and refreshing to drink. Its lacking some flavors that other geuzes ive tried have had which hurts drinkability. I'd have another but won't be buying it again on my own. There are better options

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

POured from bottle into wine glass at Mekong in Richmond, VA. Wow...this place is amazing!!!
Nice golden color with good lacing. Super sour and tart malt...some slight fruit.
Amazing flavors of sour malt and slight...ever so slight hop. Nicely sour fruitiness mixes with the corny malt. Sours are so hard to rate..but this is amazing....

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: mustard grainsand tart lemons

Taste: heavy lemon with mild tart green grapes along with balsamic vinegar notes adjunct to dry grains; very effervescent

If you have a palate that can handle this incredibly bizarre and ancient style of Belgian brewing than this beer is a must-have.

Due to its unique qualities, pair this food with BBQ pork with a tri-tip salad; buttery rolls and collard greens are a must on the side

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/13/2032. Pours moderately cloudy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big sour apple, pear, lemon, grape, clove, pepper, oak, hay, grass, leather, funk, white vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of estery/funky yeast notes with barrel character. Taste of tart apple, lemon, pear, grape, clove, pepper, oak, hay, grass, leather, light vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Moderate fruity/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, hay, oak, grass, leather, light vinegar, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/funky ester flavors with moderate barrel character; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp, dry, moderately prickly, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Gueuze. All around nice complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on even with high carbonation. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mt24turner
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- hazy pale gold

Smell- faint smell, but some sour notes and a nice hint of fruit

Taste- an amazing flavor, just an explosion of sour fruit flavors, leaves a dry lemony aftertaste that lasts and leaves you thirsty for more...a great beer

mouthfeel- light and crispy like a soda

overall- i might be a little biased as a lover of the style, but this was one great beer that i would enjoy as often as a could afford

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured as part of the "We Want the Funk" flight at Trappist Provisions from a 330ml bottle into a 6oz wine glass. No freshness or bottling date. Consumed 05/08/13. Review is from my notes.

Pours a viscous, hazy (yet surprisingly clearer than expected) golden amber color, complete with champagne-like carbonation and a frothy half finger of head. Not too sticky in appearance, and indeed, no lacing remains at the sides of the glass for too long, but it does have a shining, predominant character that makes it look a lot like a dessert or honey wine. Whereas many gueuzes look far more rustic (or in the case of Cantillon, like jewelery), this one is flat in the middle, which makes it look simultaneously classy and raw as any great offering in this style should look.

The aroma is exactly what I should expect, complete with a raw tartness resembling lemon peel, sour white grapes, woody mustiness, bright earthy notes from the hops and yeast, as well as an underlying grassy flavor that goes on for some time. There's an initial stinging sensation from the funkiness, although it eventually settles and is replaced with crisp grains and bright hop flavors, only THEN to be replaced yet again by the remainder of the must and sourness from the yeast. I've never really had that happen before so sporadically in a gueuze before, so it was delightful to whiff on this all night to the point of ridiculousness.

The flavor does the same, except that upon the first sip, with my palate adjusting to these foreign aromas, I immediately experienced a bittered, puckery sensation that made my mouth water and cheeks temporarily feel numb with the acidity. Luckily, however, the next sips turned far more pleasant, I was finally able to make out flavors in midst of the sourness. Apricots, white dried grapes, lemon peel, cider, light woody must, maybe some wheatgrass, maybe even a bit of saltiness. Fantastically well textured overall - rather than knock you out with sour, acidic flavors, these phenols and volatiles compliment each other immensely. The crisp graininess and well carbonated body really does wonders here, elevating the flavors and melding them to the point of being delicious and easy to drink for even the casual sour fan. Quite excellent.

Glad I finally got to try this, and good to know I don't have to break my back to find an excellent example of this style in the area without having to pay tons of money as well. This is definitely NOT a gueuze for beginners for all of the musty, dried fruity textures going on, but it's relatively well-grounded in terms of seeking complexity and balance. Never a chore to drink, and I could have this all night. Fantastic stuff!

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Photo of bark
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Vintage 2008. The best before date is in June 2028.

The colour is gold (8 EBC), the liquid clear. There is some yeast floating around in the beer. The two finger head is white, it sinks quite fast leaving no lacing.

The rather mild smell is sour. It is more like lemon acid than vinegar, though. Hints of yeast and red berries. Lots of minerals, iodine and a touch of sour milk.

The taste is sour, tart and dry. Iodine. Sour berries and sour milk. It is quite light and not very complex. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is less tart with notes of wheat flour and phenolic yeast, it is surprisingly short. The finish got some fruity notes and a hint of alcohol.

The carbonation is strong, the few bubbles mid-sized. The liquid is dry.

No, this one did´t age as well as the other lambics I have had. It is not very complex, and the aftertaste is too short.

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Photo of draheim
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL (best before 3/30/2021) into a tulip. Pours a bright clear golden color w/ a nice white head. Effervescent carbonation bursts from the bottom of the glass, sustaining a soft thin layer of foam.

Aroma is tart, dry, oaky, acidic, funky. Mouth-watering.

Taste is mildly lactic with a subtle sweetness as counterpoint. Pear and lemon juice, pale neutral malt, some grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is spot-on. Nice lively champagne-like carbonation keeps everything light and refreshing. Crisp, bone-dry finish.

Overall a great introduction to the style. I can't believe I've never tried a gueuze before. Looking forward to the other ones in the cellar.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Best before date of 10/29/2029 so this appears to be around three and a half years old. Chilled and poured into Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Purchased about six months ago for $18.99.

Appearance: Pours a frothy white head with really large bubbles. Light orange and clear in color.

Aroma: Some light grassiness and assertive funk tones. Lots of farm yard and horse blanket throughout. Light lemon and green apple. Very bright with some light tart character.

Taste: Bright lemon upfront with some grassy and funk that comes in after. The tartness is not heavy at all. The funk is really well developed and strong at this point. A lot of horse blanket and bitter earth tones. Really well balanced and light.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Very bright.

Overall, a really nice, tasty gueuze. Definitely some nice complexity from the yeast. Not as bright and sour as other examples of the style I have had but it is surprising complex. Definitely worth the purchase.

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Photo of Beer-Viking
1.22/5  rDev -69.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Our eyes teared while trying this beer. They were not tears of happiness. It is complex this much is certain. The hitherto in food products unexplored scent of urinal is like a direct assault on the pleasure senses. Other scents found by the two testers included tequila, old socks and a hint of windex.
Despite the smell our determination made us move on to taste. This requires a will of iron. "Pleasant bitterness combined with a sour yet smooth character". Yes it is bitter. And sour. Full points for that. Other notes could not be detected. Mentionable here is the aftertaste of this brew. The sensation of having an ant farm in rebellion in your mouth is slightly similar to getting a shot at the dentists to numb your mouth. It lasts for minutes. So good value at least.
There is good reasons for not making beer this way anymore...

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Photo of deebo
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

From first trip to Belgium in 2010 found tasting notes on this beer, which was our virgin voyage with these crazy gueuze brews. This one in particular did not stand out in our glass. Golden yellow with a taste that was most remniscent of dry tart fruity white wine. The endnote of this brew wasn't particularly liked as it was watery and flat. Otherwise the funkiness and sourness was on point.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange gold body, head recedes quickly to a ring and shows little lacing.

Nose of apple and peach fruit, mild funk, old wood and wood spice, vanilla, green grass.

Tastes of all those elements, although apple and citrus fruity flavors come through most clearly with a hint of a floral white wine. The taste is very well balanced between tart and sweet. It is milder in flavor compared to other top oude geuze examples, but still has enough complexity to make this interesting. Finishes dry with a light bitterness.

Body is light and the carbonation is fizzy, giving this a very refreshing palate-cleansing mouthfeel.

This is a delightful oude geuze that would be great for casual sipping on a warm day or with food.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash Chalice.

Appearance- Clear gold with 3 finger bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation floating upward towards the head.

Smell- Funky lemon, bready yeast, oak, some mild tropical fruits, grass.

Taste- Lemon, mild vinegar, funky yeast, light green apples. Finishing flavor isn't spectacular.

Mouthfeel- Very light. Carbonated water light. Refreashing. Quite carbonated.

Overall- For the price I payed for this bottle, it was good, but I'd rather buy the kriek again.

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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
90 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.
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